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Students donate supplies to troops
Bridgewater's Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools (SCVTHS) Social Studies Instructor Ed Graf recently packaged and sent 10 boxes filled with hundreds of items to U.S. Army soldiers in Kuwait who are conducting missions into Iraq to fight ISIS. For more info, contact James Strickhart at email@example.com or 908-526-8900, ext. 7169.
Road segment adoption renewed
Division Manager Kevin Schaffer, on behalf of Republic Services doing business as Midco Waste, has renewed Midco’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association. The adopted roadside stretches from their transfer station’s Harmich Road frontage to the intersection of Metuchen Road and Belmont Avenue. A rotating crew of 15 to 20 people removes roadside litter weekly throughout the year. Contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at 908-226-7621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/.
Dr. Victoria C. Ukachukwu (Photo: ~Courtesy of John O'Boyle)
UCC hires new dean
Dr. Victoria C. Ukachukwu joins Union County College’s administration as the new Dean of the Plainfield Campus and Allied Health. Ukachukwu brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education to Union, having previously served as an academic administrator and researcher. Visit www.ucc.edu.
Hernandez Foundation golf outing
The Joseph David Hernandez Foundation, a Hillsborough-based not-for-profit New Jersey State Chartered Corporation, is hosting its inaugural golf outing to honor the legacy of the foundation’s namesake. The event will take place on Monday, July 10, at Neshanic Valley Golf Course and will offer lunch, dinner, entertainment, prizes and 18 holes of golf. Players will arrive at 11 a.m. for lunch and a putting contest. There will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., and a dinner buffet will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. Ticket options are available at eventbrite.com/e/the-1st-annual-joseph-david-her-nandez-foundationgolf-outing-tickets-32953180851?aff=es2.
Old Bridge YMCA Learn To Swim Week
Old Bridge YMCA Aquatics staff and volunteers will conduct lessons to non-swimming, non-member children ages 3 to 14. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 19 to 23 at Old Bridge YMCA, 1 Mannino Park Drive. Children come in for one lesson each day for the entire week. Visit www.ymcanj.org.
24th Annual Fore Love Open
The 24th Annual Fore Love Open was a success. Despite a threat of rain that never came, more than 130 golfers enjoyed Metedeconk National Golf Club's courses and food throughout the day. Presented by PVH Corporation, the event was benefit Safe+Sound Somerset. Visit www.safe-sound.org.
A $1,500 check was recently presented to the Pluckemin Church Preschool by Antie Celli, assistant vice president, Investor’s Bank. From left: Antie Celli; the Rev. Heather Morrison-Yaden, Interim Pastor, Presbyterian Church at Pluckemin; Cindy Lisk, Pluckemin Church Preschool Assistant Director; and Elizabeth Gwiazdowski, Pluckemin Church Preschool Director. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Pluckemin Church Preschool)
Preschool scholarship program
Thanks to a grant from the Investors Foundation, the Pluckemin Church Preschool has announced a new scholarship program. The program will enable a top-quality preschool experience for those children who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Call 908-658-4720 or visit pluckeminchurchpreschool.org.
From left: Colin Joyce on Petie the Pony with his aunt, Colleen Joyce, and Stable Manager Margie Margentino. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission)
100,000th visitor welcomed
The Somerset County Park Commission entertained its 100,000th visitor in 2017 on Tuesday, June 6, at Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge. Receiving gifts commemorating the event were Colleen Joyce and her nephew, Colin Joyce, 4, who visited the stable to enjoy a Lead Line pony ride. Visit www.somersetcountyparks.org.
Funeral director honored
Antonietta Cucco of Bridgewater, funeral director of Somerville Funeral Home, was honored at the Boy Scouts of America 2017 Tribute to Women Award Luncheon on May 12 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone. A funeral director for 17 years, Cucco first came to the area to join Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan and later opened Somerville Funeral Home with Anna Louise Bongiovi. Cucco is vice president of the Middlesex and Somerset Funeral Directors Association. Bongiovi is a past recipient of the award and gave this year's speech honoring her friend and colleague.
Spaghetti and meatball dinner
South Amboy Elks 784 PER Association will be holding a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the lodge, 601 Washington Ave. Proceeds will benefit the lodge. Cost is $10; $6 for ages 12 and younger. Dinner will include salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. Call 732-727-7170. Visit www.facebook.com/South-Amboy-Elks-784-234068062853/.
Interim superintendent approved
At their Tuesday, June 13, meeting, the Readington Township Board of Education approved Dr. William DeFabiis to serve as Readington Township Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2017-18 school year. DeFabiis follows Dr. Barbara Sargent, who was earlier approved as Superintendent of Schools for the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District as of July. Visit www.readington.k12.nj.us.
HUD to celebrate fathers
In commemoration of Father’s Day 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is joining with communities throughout the country to celebrate fatherhood and family through HUD’s National Father’s Day Initiative. Throughout June, hundreds of Public Housing Authorities and apartment developments are hosting events that support fathers living in HUD-assisted housing by connecting them with resources that expand economic opportunity and engagement with their children. Participating communities are encouraged to organize events which advance a wide range of issues relating to family health, including physical fitness, balanced nutrition, and mental health services. Visit www.hud.gov/fathersday.
Robert Giorgi of Fords received the 2017 Recent Alumnus of the Year award at the Middlesex County College (MCC) Alumni Association’s annual dinner meeting in June. The award honors an alumnus who has graduated from MCC within the past 10 years. Giorgi, an Army veteran who was very active in the MCC Veterans Association, Earth Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa and Quo Vadis (the school newspaper), is now attending Columbia University. He graduated from MCC in 2016. He is flanked by MCC President Joann La Perla-Morales (left) and Alumni Association President Dorothy Bitetto ’69. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Middlesex County College)
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